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and i know her, i think she is a terrific person and was a good candidate. one of the challenges, i've said this to some of the presidential candidates over the last two who come through illinois, they will either into the race late and use the resources that you have at that point to shoot yourself into the middle of this exciting race late or you got abide your resources or by your time really. here's often what happens they get tired of the front runners. i think we all remember john kerry was back in the pack in 2004. until people got tired of the front runners. i think the front runners at that point were dean et cetera.
it is not all about resources. you seen all the commercials from bloomberg all over the nation, it does not -- resources help get the message out, there's no doubt about it. it is the message that matters. for the further le connect with 2546.eration of h.r. will the gentleman from connecticut, mr. courtney, kindly take the chair. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] the hair: the house is in committee of the whole house on the state of the union for urther consideration of h.r. 2546 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to designate the state of in colorado as components of the national wilderness preservation and for other purposes. the chair: when the committee of the whole rose earlier today, in dment number 12 printed
house report 116-395 offered by from e gentlewoman washington -- offered by the gentlewoman from washington, ms. disposed of.e pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, proceedings will now resume on those amendments printed in 116-385 -- house 116-395 on which proceedings were postponed in following order. amendment number 1 by ms. degette. mr. ment number 2 by mcclintock of california. mendment number 3 by mr. mcclintock of california. amendment number 6 by mr. of arkansas. amendment number 7 by mr. westerman of arkansas. 8 by mr. number cunningham of south carolina. tiptonnt number 9 by mr. of colorado. chair will reduce to two minutes the minute minimum time by any -- after the first
series.ic vote in this the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on mendment number 1 printed in house report 116-395 by the entlewoman from colorado, ms. degette, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the ayes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 1 printed in house report 116-395 by ms. degette of colorado. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. -- a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
gentleman from california, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the nos prevailed. the clerk will designate the -- redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 2 printed in house report 116- 95 offered by mr. mcclintock of california. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of a request for a recorded vote will rise. a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the chair: the yeas are 181, the nays are 239. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 3 printed in house report 116-395, by the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the nays prevailed. the clerk: amendment number 3 printed in house report 116-395 offered by mr. mcclintock of california. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen. a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. , this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the
request for a recorded vote on amendment number 5 printed in house report 116-395 by the gentleman from california, on which further proceedings were postponed on which the yeas prevailed by voice vote. the clerk: amendment number 5 printed in house report number 116-395 offered by mr. panetta of california. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. members, two-minute vote. two minutes. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the chair: on this vote, the yeas are 406, the nays are 12. the amendment is adopted. the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 6 printed in house report 116-395, by the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman, on which proceedings were postponed, on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 6 printed in house report 116-395, offered by mr. westerman of arkansas. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request
for recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a two-minute vote. two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 7 printed in house report 116-395, by the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman, on which further proceedings were postponed, on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 7 printed in house report 116-395, offered by mr. westerman of arkansas. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the chair: on this vote network yeas are 193 -- 188, the nays are 233. he amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 8 printed in house report 116-395, by the gentleman from south carolina, mr. cunningham, on which proceedings were postponed, on which the yeas prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 8 printed in house report 116-395, offered by mr. cunningham of south carolina. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested.
those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a two-minute vote. members. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
he amendment is adopted. the unfinished business is request for a recorded vote on amendment number 9 printed in house report 116- 95 by the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton, on which further proceedings were postponed and nos ich the knows -- prevailed. the clerk: amendment number 9 offered by mr. tipton of colorado. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this, members, is a two-minute vote. two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives.
mr. clay: i report the bill back the house with sundry amendments. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration bill they report the bill as amended by that resolution back to the house with sundry further amendments adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rules the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on amendments? if not, the cha chair will put
them engross. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it and the amendments are agreed and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the clerk: a bill to designate certain lands in the state of colorado as components of the national preservation system and or other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> i have a motion to recommit at the desk the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed? >> in its current form. the clerk: mr. mcclintock of california moves to recommit the bill h.r. 2546 to the committee on natural resources with instructions to report back to the house with the following
amendments. page 234 after line 21 insert the following and redesignate subsequent provisions accordingly. title 7 protecting life, property and the environment from wildfire. section 701 protecting life and property from wildfire. in addition to any other provided, mechanical wildfire mitigation shall be permitted under this act to protect life, property or the environment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. members, please carry your conversations off the floor. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. mcclintock: the question presented in this amendment comes down to this, are we willing to protect our wilderness areas from catastrophic wildfire or content to stand by or watch them burn.
the wide widwid act is the use and enjoyment of the american people in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future enjoyment as wilderness. nothing impairs the future enjoyment more than catastrophic fire. our pledge in the wilderness act is to provide for the protection of these areas. to provide for the protection of these areas. now you look at america's wilderness areas today, it is heartbreaking. we have utterly failed to protect them from the scourge of wildfires. unattended forest, it will grow and grow until it chokes itself to death. as it becomes morbidly overgrown disease sceptible to and pests and anything that
insin rates everything in its path. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: once a forest is cremated, they won't regrow denying multiple generations of americans, the use and enjoyment that the wilderness promises. why? because we have made it all but impossible for forest managers to protect these habitats by removing excess timber before it can choke off the forests. without special permitting, land managers are restricted to hand saws and axes and benign neglect before they die before our eyes. and when it is ravaging the forest, to use equipment to fight the fires is often difficult and time consuming and
today's panetta amendment does nothing to change this dangerous situation. the fire in colorado began in a wilderness where benign neglect decimated the forest. 80% of the trees had perished that made them and when the fire came, firefighters were held back due to the wilderness designation until the fire literally exploded. the same tale is told over and over again throughout our national lands. there are 111 million of federal land designated as wilderness. this bill would add 1.5 million more. that is the size of delaware and half of rhode island, much of it where the federal land managers are warning us it is not suitable for wilderness designation and because of the
proximity to homes, towns and property. this is something more than hand aws and axes of protecting life, property or the environment in these new wilderness areas. this isn't a new policy. there are 29 instances where similar active management activities are already written into specific wilderness designations. this would be the 30th time we have done so. when republicans were in the majority, we set three objectives for our federal lands, to restore public access to them, to restore good management to them and the federal government be a good neighbor to the communities. this bill reverses those objectives. instead of restoring public access to public lands, the democrats would restrict. instead of restoring and the
federal government as a good neighbor to those communities impacted by the public lands, the democrats give those communities the finger. mark these words, if these wilderness restrictions are imposed on acreage near peoples' homes, it isp only the forest is neglected and the cycle of overcrowding, death and fire. in the aftermath, people will have the right to ask why their elected representatives refused to protect them, their families and homes and their forests when they had a chance to do so today to allow to care for this precious resource. my democratic colleagues remember only you can prevent forest fires. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the
balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from colorado seek recognition? ms. degette: i rise in opposition to the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from is recognized or five minutes. ms. degette: this motion to recommit may sound innocuous but it is a wool in sheep's clothing. our local agencies have the ability to fight fires if they need to in wilderness areas. there's no provision in the wilderness act that says they can only use axes or nonmechanical items. none. they keep saying this all day and i don't know why. it is simply not true. what this amendment would do, it would give an entity the ability
to use mechanical means whenever they thought necessary you supering the rights of local governments and as the gentleman from california pointed out, the local areas, the management teams already have the ability to fight fires how they want to. what's more, in the underlying bill we say that. just to make clear, everybody in this chamber, even the panetta amendment which underscores that we can fight fires in wilderness. let's talk let's talk about what this bill is about. let's talk about it because it is so important for our children and grandchildren, the future generations. today, today, we have a bipartisan ability to preserve these special wild areas. it's a once in a generation opportunity to preserve 1.4
million acres of wilderness across the west for our generations to come. it will stimulate the economies of our states. it will encourage recreation and it will encourage conservation. and it will take us a long way to our goal of preserving 30% of public lands by 2030 to stop -- to start slowing down the changing of our climate. p.s. if we slow down climate change, we slow down the forest fires and everybody in this chamber knows that. look at the chart. look at the charts that we have of the areas in this bill. and i want to show everybody these gorgeous areas. this first chart, one of the 35 areas in my colorado wilderness lohrs recanyon river. the second chart, the wild and
scenic river in mr. huffman's northwest wilderness recreation and working forest act. the third chart, dry lakes ridge in mr. carbajal's central post protection act. by the way, you can see here where they had a fire and you can see here what happened when that area remediated itself from the fire. beautiful wild flowers. the san fwab real national recreation area water ways in ms. chu's act. you can see the beautiful areas protected there. the rim of the valley in mr. schiff's rim of the valley corridor preservation act. these were sent to him by his constituents who love these areas. mish river hombings in the wild and scenic rivers act. folks, this is what we're talking about. this is the legacy we're leaving our children.
the wilderness act of 1964 says, wilderness should be preserved as an area for the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man for man himself is a visitor who does not remain. that's what we're talking about today. i urge you to reject this motion to recommit and vote yes on this important ground breaking bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. without objection, the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the question is on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the gentleman from california. >> on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device.
pursuant to clause 9 ol radio -- of rule 20, this is a five-minute vogues on the motion to recommit, which will be followed by a five-minute vote on passage of the bill if ordered. this is a five-minute vote. members, five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the bill is passed. >> mr. speaker. mr. speaker, on that i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. shale shale today -- ms. shalala: i rise in support of the resolution to remove the arbitrary deadline for ratification of the equal rights amendment, which is designed to end the legal distinctions between men and women. dam speaker, signed in 1776, the declaration of independence states all men are created equal. really? following the birth of our nation, it took women 144 years to secure the right to vote, even longer for women of color and took 187 years to be promised equal pay, 197 years to
get reproductive years and 198 years to get a credit card to buy a home. and yet, the women of this country are still fighting for equality. madam speaker, we are tired of waiting. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise today to recognize fort knox. the u.s. army selected it as the new core headquarters called fifth core. it will bring 600 soldiers and their families to kentucky. we have the assets. the training grounds and schools and other resources when they arrive in the fall. the attitude is that of fort
knox. kentucky is a great place to be a soldier and the commonwealth will welcome these soldiers with open arms. i thank senator mcconnell for his leadership to help fort knox gets the leadership. i look forward to working with them, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my marks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> last month i towered penn state university located in 12th congressional district. i had the opportunity to speak with students, staff and faculty about ongoing projects and why they are proud to be of a. penn state was a land grant university to serve the public,
especially people of pennsylvania. after my tour of the campus and seeing their impressive research facilities, i can say that he penn state remains focused on that mission, whether helping the agricultural communities or defense-related research for the federal government. penn state is an important state and national resource. i will work with them and remain a premier international institution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman recognition? seek >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hill: i rise to bring attention to a bill that i will be introducing this week. my legislation allows the secretary of the treasury to waive voting authority for the international financial institutions on a case-by-by case basis. the monetary fund receives
funding subject to the legislative oversight which dictates by a mandate which policies they can endorse. when the world bank approves a project, the united states may have to and sustain or vote against it due to the parameters put forward by a mandate from congress. congress keeps adding to the mandates and never tried to streamline them resulting in mandates that are old and can actually conflict with one another. as a result, the financial services committee has come to a bipartisan consensus that new mandates should have waiver authority and sunset clauses. this legislation would allow the treasure secretary to waive a mandate and vote on a financing subject to a written report of why to congress. this means more flexibility to pursue our national interests. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. mr. bilirakis: i honor the birthday of the great abraham lincoln, attorney, congressman and 16th president of the united states. let us honor him by remembering his words, a house divided against itself cannot stand. while these words rang true three years before the civil war, they are just as true today, madam speaker. as we move past the cloud of impeachment, he let us come together and remember why we are here in this chamber, to serve the american people. that's why we're here. let today be the day that we come together and serve the
people of our great nation in a way that would make abraham lincoln proud. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. i rise today to draw attention to american heart month, a topic that is extremely important and personal to me. you see almost 10 years ago i as diagnosed with three-vessel coronary disease and have 13 stints in my heart. i recognize the position that i have been given. half of all americans have one key rimbing factor, high blood pressure, history of smoking. by changing our diets and exercising, roughly 80% premature deaths can be avoided.
i urge all to remain alert including shortness of breath or numbness of the arms. this is the leading cause of death causing 17.9 million deaths. with modern medicine i'm here today. i urge to take control of your heart health before it is too late. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> as a member on the committee on homeland security, i rise today to express my strong opposition to the new way forward act, which would completely eliminate our nation's ability to control our borders and determine who enters our country and cripple law enforcement officers to remove dangerous criminals from our streets and undermine the
sacrifice that the men and women of law enforcement make every day. the new way forward act would encourage new pathways for convicted criminals to come into the united states. conservative policies like building the wall reduce the number of apprehensions by almost 75% since may and led to the seizure of 50,000 pounds of drugs across our southwest border. i strongly urge my colleagues to oppose the new way forward act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i would like to recognize the egg harbor township team from south jersey. it unseated atlanta county trial
champion in the county final. ed by coaches the egg harbor won for the first time in nine years. students take on roles as prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses and jurors before new ersey attorneys. it will now compete in the semifinals with the time competition become in march. and i'm going to mention their names. roger, tyler, madeline, annette, lynna, gabriellea, ma egan, jason, david, matthew, nicholas, ca rinna, danielle, van, isabela and finally
skiler. con great you lations and good luck and we look forward to big things. we are so unbelievely proud of you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal request. the clerk: leaves of absence requested by mr. lewis of georgia for yesterday and today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. without objection. any further one-minutes? for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman from is recognized. >> in 1970 in this very chamber the first african-american woman
elected to congress, shirley chisholm said. artificial distinctions between persons must be wiped out of the law. congresswoman chisholm was calling for the passage of the equal rights amendment. 50 years later and a century after securing the right to vote, i stand before you with the same call to action. i stand before you as a member of the 116th congress with the greatest proportion of women members in our history and a female speaker. but yet as a woman, my rights remain unprotected in the constitution. the majority of americans are women, but yet our constitution does not fully and explicitly include our mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and neighbors. our constitution is not just a
founding document. it is a foundational document to equality under the law. it is time to reflect the truths that have become self-evident that all people are created equal. it is time to pass the equal rights amendment. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? . . mr. costa: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. talk about want to the importance of our nation's infrastructure. always. brokenicular, to fix our and aging water delivery systems, not only in california but throughout the country. san lifornia, in the joaquin valley, the availability of a clean, available water is absolutely essential for the foundation of our economy. to feed the water world, and life becomes very difficult if presidents don't
drinking water supply. the waterways that carry our water were built decades ago in and throughout the country. last week i introduced legislation to fix two pieces of critical water infrastructure, the delta canal and the aqueduct that were built decades ago. the conveyance capacity will provide $400 million to fund these needed projects. this legs is one -- this is one way in which we can address the tools to fix that we ter system have, the water tools in our water toolbox. invest in our water infrastructure now, for the future sustainability of our our and the livelihood of residents. food is a national security item. i yield back the balance of my time. the peaker pro tempore: gentleman's time has expired. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentlewoman from california, ms. porter, is recognized for 60 as the designee of the majority leader.
ms. porter: thank you. when donald trump was running or president, he promised that he would balance the budget, national debt -- eliminate the national debt and support rograms to american families. he continues to promise to balance the budget. the president's budget cuts the programs that americans rely on americans have invested in in order to fund more tax cuts for the wealthy, a bigger defense budget, and an ineffective border wall. if it isn't clear yet, the president has failed to be truthful. special interests above the health and safety of families.g american our taxpayer dollars have been wasted, paying for tax cuts that the rich and powerful. here is the stone-cold truth. president trump is reneging on his promise to protect older
those with d disabilities. his proposed budget cuts illions from social security and medicare. these drastic cuts and his ailure to keep his word will devastate millions of americans. ocial security has lifted millions of older americans out of poverty, but the president to n't think it's necessary continue supporting our most vulnerable older americans. would also slash the budget for the administration for community living. americans need this agency to support those who are aging and disabilities as well as their caregivers so they an age in place and live their best life every day of their lives. times from ountless orange county residents that they want the choice to grow homes, in our beautiful community they spent much of their lives in. budget takes s these choices away.
country is r struggling to keep up with our global competitors, and right now, the president thinks this is a good medical ut funding for research and innovation. the president wants to cut research s in medical at the national institutes of health that provide the pipeline and that spur innovation. the president wants to cut for ng for the centers disease control and prevention, the health resources and administration, and the substance abuse and mental health services administration. agencies ensure that there are qualified health can move new who medical discoveries into health care and public health delivery, support americans while they are awaiting new cures and prevent them from getting sick in the first place. the president also wants to cut funding for the food and drug agency ration and the for health care research and
quality. americans need the food and drug administration to approve new, safe, and effective treatments, agency for health care research and quality to provide what treatments work est, for whom, and in what circumstances. if you followed the president's budget proposals over his years know that this is a pattern that just keeps repeating. president doesn't care about securing health care for older americans, for everyday for americans, he doesn't care about nsuring that older americans have a secure and comfortable retirement. he doesn't care that millions of on these depend programs to survive. are uts as proposed untenable for america's health radical change on how in unded these programs decades past.
funding ob to provide in 2021 that aligns with our core values as a nation and that supports the american people. and i promise to put orange county families first. will the president, i never break this long standing constituents. the president's budget shows willful ignorance of the climate that is threatening our country's natural resources, our and our es' health global prosperity. he proposes cuts to environmental protection that would only further xacerbate the worst effects of climate change. countries around the world are experiencing their warmest in history. antarctica saw temperatures of first time in the history. we've watched as you australia and the rain forest burn. we watched our home state of california burn. we've seen communities devastated by hurricanes and
caused by se weather climate change. the president's proposed budget for the sh the budget environmental protection agency and cut in half funding for energy, research, and development. this would gut critical programs like the land and water onservation fund and tax credits for electric vehicles by millions of dollars each. are dying. are on the verge of, tings. communities have been -- are on extinction. communities have been destroyed. to gut president wants programs that protect our natural resources, our communities, our planet. this budget for? who are these proposals for? industry, special interests, and the few in this from harmingn more our planet and from supporting
it. is not for californians, and it's not for orange county families. three, i fear for the world my children will grow andn, and i cannot stand by let this president destroy it.rams that would protect on the topic of our children's the e, i am disgusted by president's decision to cut public -- cut funding for public providing yet another tax break for the ealthy and largest corporations. the president's proposal is an outright attack on our public are a real point of pride in the 45th congressional district. worse, the ters budget would make higher education less affordable and accessible than it already is for too many students. makes a $170 billion programs dent loan over the next 10 years.
hat does this mean for our college students? increased costs for new students because subsidized student loans eliminated. difficulty getting jobs on campus because of cuts to for federal work study. and difficulty repaying loans the elimination of the public service loan program.ss this program is based on the imple premise that dedicating yourself to making this country bett better, by responding to educating our students, by providing care for and ick is an honorable deeply needed service. these are just some of the many those ions performed by who pursue a career in the public sector. eliminating the public service loan forgiveness program, the president breaks to our first responders, our teachers, and our nurses. these borrowers have tirelessly committed themselves to weroving our communities and
must keep our commitment to them. despite being in the middle of an historic affordable housing feel acutely in orange county, president trump wants to make dramatic cuts to community and development programs that serve need.in the proposal slashes funding for the department of housing and by 15%.velopment that's $8.6 billion. coming out of essential housing assistance rograms that lift up our communities. in a state like california, where the affordable housing especially hard, these cuts will hurt thousands of families who rely on them to ends meet. in california, a minimum wage have to work 116 a rs a week to afford two-bedroom apartment. or have the good fortune to find
job that pays $35 an hour. county,strict of orange make that $39 per hour, or per year. and the median cost for a home in orange county is over $800,000. do we want to live in a country where only millionaires can shelter? until we address the severe lack of affordable housing in america, we need programs like community block grants and the partnership nt program to help families. those funds support affordable low and or moderate-income families, and he president's budget completely eliminates them. quite posal would, literally, leave families out in the cold. h.u.d.'s chunk out of budget when home and rental prices are hitting new highs
across the country is and, frankly, cruel. for dent trump says he's our business owners, but he megacorporations, big oil, big pharma, wall street his budget se eliminates funding for the conomic development administration's grant program, and it cuts the small business by 11%.ration this budget would harm u.s. growth and hurt small business owners who are economy.bone of our president trump also wants to ut foreign aid budget by over 20%. that money is about keeping mericans safe and keeping us out of never-ending wars. former chairman of the joint admiral mike mullen raised similar concerns earlier this week. more we cut the international affairs budget, longer er the risk for
and deadlier military operations. budget puts 's americans and our military, rather than funding foreign aid keeps us safe and secure. responsibility as elected officials to be good americans' working hard-earned dollars, and that means funding programs that get help that they need, programs that invest in priorities , and that keep us safe. giveaways to special interests wasted dollars on proposals are rounded in evidence slaps in the face of our hardworking taxpayers. if this budget is a reflection of the president's values, of and vision for our country, then i'm afraid of what policies may come out of this white house next.
constantly seek opportunities to work with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, and chances to work with this president as well. and i will not support gutting the programs hat serve our families and our communities. it is congress' responsibility o make sure that we spend taxpayer dollars wisely on programs that support economic rather than things that line the pockets of special our future.d hurt congress was given the power of part of a system of checks and balances on the resident's power, and it's our responsibility on both sides of the aisle to fight for a real grounded in our values, a budget that works for the families and the american people we represent. with that i would like to
the gentlewoman from michigan. >> thank you so much to my colleague who co-chairs the special order ithin the congressional progressive caucus. i do appreciate her continued leadership to fighting for our amilies all across the country. this is a destructive and irrational budget and we wonder why. this is a reflection very much so of the values within this administration. it is also showing that we are going to leave working class folks and anyone who needs food, access to health care and flooding behind, why did this come about? folks in my district would say let us figure out who is part of the administration. under the current trump administration, a co-lobbyist
runs the e.p.a. a pharmaceutical and oil lobbyist runs the department of interior. another lobbyist runs the d.o.d. a verizon lawyer runs the federal communications commission. a goldman sachs runs treasury. a kingpin runs commerce, a billionaire and so what you have here is a reflection of those folks that are completely disconnected with the american people. some of them are millionaires and billionaires who don't understand the. i represent the 13 district strong where we have in some areas some chronic poverty but also lack of access to food and we also face that we are front-line communities of doing
nothing on climate change. we also house the worst zip code . look at the budget in itself. just gloss over it. you are talking about $1.4 trillion in tax give aways. nd 1.7 trillion in army of engineers. and my constituents are facing flooding from communities in dearborn heights. we have 920 billion in health care cuts. many of them, again, family members and those that have to take care of our children. 26% cuts to the e.p.a. we right now in the city of zroit, we don't meet sulfur dioxide standards. we suffer every single day. we have three times asthma
hospitalizations among adults. we need to push back as to who is running this administration. it eliminates affordable housing programs within h.u.d. the $181 billion in food assistance and going and creating a culture that says that working class residents, our most vulnerable seniors, the vulnerable seniors have to be left behind while we give cuts for the wealthy and corporations. it is critically important that the american people who understands who is running our government. our government is not about people and the budget is a reflection of values that is people versus profit. our people are not coming first. and the community that gets left
behind and not around housing funding or food assistance we are the front line communities. this budget is wrong for our country and it's destructive and something that we need to be able to push back together on a bipartisan way. i thank my colleague for this opportunity to express and be a voice for my residents in 13 district strong and i yield. mr. costa: i appreciate to make comments on things we should make for our infrastructure. the president when he ran for office is to invest in america's infrastructure.
sadly, we have seen little follow-through on behalf of the administration to do just that. america was built over decades and generations on americans willing to invest in our infrastructure. clearly today we are living off the investments our parents and grandparents made a generation or two ago. in california and throughout the country, that includes fixing our water and transportation systems and investing in school sites. in my home in the san joaquin valley, the development of water has allowed deserts to bloom. a reliable water supply is a foundation for any economy. farmers need water to feed the world. say where water flows, food grows. and we have hundreds of
thousands of californians in which communities that are small, that are not incorporated cannot meet or comply with clean drinking water standards by the state or the federal government. that's just wrong. the richest country in the world and we have communities that don't meet clean drinking water standards. many of these water systems were built decades ago and california has doubled its population. we need to invest. last week, i introduced legislation where critical water infrastructure in parts of my district, the west side of the san joaquin valley and a canal that has loss and the california al qaeda what deduct that brings water from the north to los angeles as a critical supply for those people of los angeles. they supply water to tens of
millions of people and the santa clara and home of silicon valley. the legislation that i introduced will provide $00 million to provide these needed repairs. this is one piece of legislation to address the many tools in our water tool box in california's aging water system. we need to invest now in our water infrastructure and need to invest in our infrastructure system. the roads that were built in california and the highways and inner city and air transportation has really post-world war ii been the reason why california has become the gold i yield back state and we are living off those investments our parents made. we need to make the same kinds of investments. when the president talks about illion dollars of investment
across america, that is wonderful. but to do that, you have to put up real money to match local, state dollars with federal money. we haven't provided any new federal sources of funding since the 1990's and it is absolutely essential if we are going to have the 21st century of transportation that is intermodal and interconnected and provide people work, pleasure and for a whole host of purposes to get from point a to point b to ensure they can do it safely in a way that makes quality of life absolutely better. so those are the challenges we face. we are working to put an infrastructure package that will fund our roads and highways and transit systems that include
high-speed rail. we are building high-speed rail in california. i have introduced to provide money for fast trains throughout the country and in california. we are under construction now. but that is one part of an overall connected system to make sure that our transportation system and inner cities are connected as we see in europe and other parts of the world. that's the challenge. i think if we can come together in a bipartisan fashion, we can overcome these challenges, invest in ways that do what? provide good-paying jobs. if you invest in water or transportation or our schools, we are investing in americans and create good-paying jobs. that's what we are talking about here, investing for working
people for all americans. i yield back. and i thank the gentlewoman from from orange county for all of her good work. ms. porter: the administration's muslim ban. orange county families has endured this muslim ban for three long years and yet the president has doubled down making it so much worse. make nol mistake, this policy is based on hate. it is based on dividing us with fear. president trump showed hostility to muslims during his campaign and called for a quote, total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. just seven days into office, the president signed the first version of the muslim ban. this was never about national security. -- muslimut anti--mim
hate and for my constituents, they are suffering. families are being torn apart by the ban. it is separating from husband from wives, mothers from children and adults from their dying parents. let me be clear, no individual or family should be discriminated against based on their religious beliefs. i backed the freedom of religion ct which prohibits religious discrimination. i am proud that so many americans have stood together to protest the administration's muslim ban to push back and to vote in representatives like me who will fight discrimination. today, because the american people made their voices heard, the house of representatives began the process to repeal the
shameful ban. i'm proud to be a backer of that legislation, the no ban act. and i will always support and celebrate the vibrant muslim community in orange county. i yield the remainder of my time to my colleague from illinois, mr. rush. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois controls the remainder of the hour. mr. rush: madam speaker, i want to thank the gentlelady from california for yielding. for the balance of the hour for her time to me. may i inquire how much time is remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 40 minutes remaining.
mr. rush: thank you, madam speaker. i rise to sound the alarm among the shrinking black population in cities across the u.s.. according to a recent study by the university of illinois at chicago, the city of chicago black residents between 1980 and 2016. madam speaker, this is what i asphemy. of intense act is a result
and s of this investment disenfranchisement. sadly, the city of chicago that so many african-americans live to as a reason for hope during the great migration and often ail to invest in its black population. the economic, cultural and political impact of chicago's our nation ity warn has been immense. ouis armstrong king of jazz, came from chicago. thomas dorsey rose up from
chicago. muddy waters' blues all came bout in chicago since 1945 until recently, the ebbonny magazine with its sister mag even black and social life in chicago and across the nation. the from first african-american president of the united states began his political career on chicago's south side. he story of black chicago is in of power and perseverance the face of extreme resistance
and resounding prejudice. . . the u.i.c. study said that the and of well-paying jobs affordable housing are two main that have driven the ecline in chicago's black population. he alarming statistics presented in this study are the consequences of predatory and prejudice still es of the past are present with us and still being very hour.s speaker, the dam practice of red-lining was occurred in st
chicago. last september, i highlighted a university that stated that red-line, the ractice of restricting the availability of conventional in certain neighborhoods makeup their racial from up to $4 billion chicago's black community during and 1960's. ipped off chicago's black communities -- was ripped off up $4 billion because of ed-lining in the 1950's and 1960's. now, some of the neighborhoods initially,
forced into all of a sudden quickly developing threatens to push out amilies who have lived there generations. ed-lining is being followed by justifying. hat's what's occurring in chicago. espite the creation, madam speaker, of 65 new jobs -- jobs in downtown 2010 and 2015, chicago's predominantly black net reduction a 1,500 jobs.
the downtown increased 1,500 jobs in chicago's black community saw a the black om community. speaker, thisadam eduction is the fact that over 00,000 jobs located within 30 inutes of chicago's downtown the prem dominantly -- side inantly white north of chicago. jobs are located the south inutes on chicago.
of two cities.le remainsas and currently cities. of two upper lthy, affluent, middle class north side, and the devastated community on side.uth and the west the within 30 minutes of downtown -- of the chicago downtown area. many of the black chicagoans who reside on the south side are thus deprived of the opportunity o earn a living in or near the in.unities that they reside
madam speaker, these startling certainly not restricted just to the midwest.en to speaker, we can nation's here in our capital, the city of washington, our nation's capital for our next example. georgetown university tudy found that african-americans accounted for district's the population in 1970. the year 2015, were just ricans
that everyss ensures eighborhood development, it does not force out those often called ave neighborhoods generations. past madam speaker, that is why i am proud to have joined with congressman hank johnson in 4949, the h.r. fairness and ne inclusion act. seeks to mitigate the are often that neighborhood rapid
development. wasopportunity zone program ntended to incentivize investments in underserved communities. currently, madam speaker, investment program, the same opportunity zone currently lacks that the to ensure residents of these neighborhoods from this increased investment. by mandating that opportunity establish investment, advisory boards that includes targeted communities, will ensure greater
involvement in opportunity projects. establish ould also equirements for small and minority business involvement in very same critical funds.nity zone i encourage all of my colleagues this congress to join me in 4999.ting h.r. madam speaker, going forward, we must develop policies with an rectifying the prejudices injustices of the past.
bringing affordable and well-paying jobs and businesses to been deniedwho have these opportunities for far too beloved luding my chicago. the city of development with firm focus on equity would only perpetrate the policies of the past. partnership with state and congressernments, this help ture congresses can
preserve and strengthen the pioneering, and groundbreaking black communities n places like chicago, broadly, in more throughout n areas our great nation. speaker, this congress can nothing more or nothing less american citizens egain a footing in their communities, in their ensuring that y available, is
available,housing is vitality iability, ith increased jobs are are able and that jobs created in these communities. us turn this page to a more productive and progressive close the book on a and dential -- prejudiceal bad disinvesting past. i thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentleman from florida, mr.
yoho, is recognized for 60 minutes as designee of the minority leader. mr. yoho: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i want to talk about immigration, more importantly, a guest worker program for agriculture that will solve this dilemma. the reason we have an immigration issue in this country is because this body has failed to act in the last 30 years. it's something that american -- the american population shouldn't have to go through, or the immigrant shouldn't have to go through, because there are simple solutions out there. but unfortunately in this body, politics gets played. and preventing that -- prevents that from happening. e-verify is the solution to illegal immigration. it stands for electronic verification system that verifies one's legal identification. the i.d. number, most commonly used for employment, is a person's social security number. this i.d. number is used as an employee's place of employment -- at an employee's place of
employment and the employer uses this number to validate the identification number of the employee. there are some major concerns and shortfalls with relying on a social security number for identification, as we'll explain below. using a social security number sets a system up for fraud and does nothing to verify the legal status of an individual. other numbers can be used for identification purposes for employment, but there does not yet exist a universally accepted i.d. number or an adequate program for a nonu.s. citizen to use -- non-u.s. citizen to use or enroll in a national e-verify system. the problem of using a social security number is often they are used by multiple persons fraudulently at the same time and do not provide positive identification of the person using that specific number. for instance, my discussions with d.h.s., e-verify personnel, the ones that run that program, they say they can
verify social security numbers as legitimate within seconds, and this is something that's free to the employer. so they can run a number, a social security number, and verify it within seconds. but they cannot verify the person using that number is in fact the actual person that a unique social security number was assigned to. d.h.s. has said that in many instances a social security number will be verified as real, yet it will show up in 10 different locations around the country at the same time. therefore all e-verify is doing is verifying a legitimate social security number, not whether an individual is permitted to work here legally or if that person is the legitimate holder of that social security number. another issue of using a social security number for non-u.s. citizens is that somehow it denotes citizenship. so people think that if they have a social security number, that the person using it is a
u.s. citizen. a social security number, what we're promoting and advocating for, should be reserved for and used only by u.s. citizens. all others should receive a different form of identification. there is a solution. what i propose is to create a standardized e-verify system used universally around the country so all employers can verify the legal status and identity of an employee. this protects the employer from hiring illegal individuals, as well as providing the migrant employee legal documentation, identification and permission to be in the country to work. the solution is a guest worker identification card. this card can be referred to as the gwic, it will have a unique 15-digit identification number issued to each unique individual. the gwic, the guest worker
identification card, will also have a photo of the individual on the front and a smart chip imbedded in it. the smart chip will have imbedded within it biosecurity information belonging to that cardholder. the information would be facial recognition, fingerprints, retinal scans, possibly blood type and d.n.a. the other things that have been proposed such as personal questions only the cardholder would know and they could customize their individual unique card to have this information included into the encrypted technology. this information would only be available to d.h.s. or government agencies. an employer could not get into this because they would be locked out of that. the current sector's being -- sectors being proposed in the u.s. congress to be able to use this program are for agriculture, hospitality and construction. these designations would be at
the end of the unique 15-digit identification card. so, for instance, for agriculture there would be the 15-digit number at the end -- number, at the end of that would be the initials for hospitality or construction. this program would allow a person, the way it's set up, it would allow a person to apply prior documenting into the united states to work in a specific sector. for example, the agricultural sector, the person applies to, they don't come into the country until there's a job. so at the beginning of the process, they're what we could call an applicant. when the person applies and goes through the process and gets accepted in the guest worker program for agriculture, that individual -- they also agree that that -- they'll work only in the agriculture sector, or if they want to work construction, they're working only in the construction sector. therefore they get issued, upon acceptance into a program, based on that need for a job, , y get issued a gwic card
the guest worker identification card, the individual's personal information is imbedded in. the gwic card would have a unique 15-digit number with the initials a.g. for agriculture. this obligates the worker and they've agreed to work only in the agriculture sector so when the agriculture producer enters the individual's number into a quick reading machine, into the e-verify system, it promptly -- it's promptly verified by d.h.s., the department of homeland security, as an approved worker in the agriculture sector. this would also apply for the construction industry and also for the hospitality industry. the producer and the worker have both been -- have the assurance that they are in compliance with the law. if a producer or worker hires or works outside of the permitted sector, according to the gwic designation, they are doing so fraudulently and subject to fines and blocked
from the e-verify system in the future for a period of time. this will limit the producer's availability for labor and it also will prevent that worker from employment opportunities in the united states. this proposed solution has already been created in legislation for the agriculture sector. it is called the agriculture guest worker program. this legislation has been created in a bipartisan fashion in both chambers of the house, and also -- or both parties in the house and shared with both parties in the senate. it has also been shared with the white house, with the usda, it will solve the incentive we have with the individuals willing to come to the united states illegally to find work. most of the individuals that come here are looking to work in the less skilled fields that exist in agriculture, hospitality and construction fields. they will not be able to work legally without the proper permit as designated by the
guest worker identification card, nor will employers be able to hire individuals without the proper guest worker identification permit. in my home state, governor san he is of florida is pushing to have mandatory e-verify implemented soon and i commend him for had initiative. i had a phone call with him today. however, legislators in the state body are objecting to this program, even members in his own party are resisting this requirement. and oftentimes this is what creates the inaction known too well in washington, d.c., and also at the state level. and that comes from -- therefore nothing gets solved and this resistance comes from not having a sensible working program for people to apply to the e-verify system, and also to have the identification that a worker are get -- can get. so what happens is a stagnation of ideas or things moving forward. at we're proposing is this program, that people can apply
to work, say, if they want two, in the agriculture sector, they can apply before they come into the country. it stops that need for people having to cross the desert to get into this country illegally. because now they can do that before they come into the country. they come into the country when a job is available, they're already automatically enrolled into the e-verify system, so our producers in the agriculture sector have a readily predictable legal work force that is there, that they can pull from, and they can verify and be in compliance with the law. like i said, what is needed is a workable guest worker program that allows for the worker to enter the e-verify system prior to the entry into the united states. as well as allowing workers into the country, to enter this program. right now in this country we have between 12 to 15 million people that are in this country illegally. some of them came legally on a work visa, but then they just kind of drifted off and stayed
in this country and did not leave when they were supposed to. this program would allow people to enter into this -- the program that we're proposing, with this legislation, they could enter into this program, they could become legally accepted into the united states. it is not a pathway to citizenship. but it doesn't prevent somebody from applying to citizenship. his ag guest worker program is incorporating the guest worker identification number and the e-verify system as i proposed. it's a workable solution for our producers that want to be compliant with the workable e-verify system, and have access to a reliable, predictable and legal labor pool. this program also gives the migrant worker that desires the opportunity to work in this country a legal way to accomplish that. in the agriculture sector, which i know very well, as we went around the state of
florida and we talked to the migrant workers, they say they can come and work five months in this country and make the equivalent of five years of income in their country. and i had one of my producers say, if we don't fix our labor issue in america, we are either going to import our labor or we're going to import our food. if we get to a situation in america where we're importing our food, it is a national security risk. this is something that congress can come together and fix. it shouldn't be a partisan issue. this is a solution to a problem that's good for america and if it's good for america, everybody benefits from it. with that, madam speaker, i ield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. soto, for 30 minutes. society society thank you, madam speaker -- mr. soto: thank you, madam
speaker. in honor of black history month, i want to recognize joseph -- josephine m. howard. as part of her life journey, josephine m. howard has been achieving goals, setting high standards, teaching, learning, positively impacting lives, passionate and committed to helping, mentoring and inspiring the lives of children and adults and the elderly. desiring to become a teacher like her mother in the 1950's, mentored and tutored her five siblings, her sisters and neighborhood children. in the 1960's, josephine graduated from douglas high school with high honors and florida college consume laudy with a b.s. degree in elementary education and subsequently began her career teaching. josephine loved teaching, but
wanted to have a greater impact on more lives by empowering them with knowledge. therefore she went back to college and earned her master of education degree magna consume laud at the university of central florida, as well as her educational specialist degree, assume come laudy. she is a servant leader, a lifetime member of the naacp. she's served as a member of the horizon housing board, treasurer, former c.e.o. of howard's apparel, former chaplain of the nc-100 bw. board of trustees heart of florida hospital, head start policy council, and who's who among professional women. she continues to serve as the first vice president deaconess at the baptist church where
she's been a sunday school teacher for 34 years. and has implemented the manna food pantry. her community her community service, leadership, and dedication has earned her numerous recognition and honors. she received the dr. martin luther king jr. lifetime achievement award, teacher of the year and distinguished volunteer service award. she's married to her husband, phillip, of 52 years. they have two children, danita and phillip ii. three grandchildren, phillip and twins phillip iii and kennedy. you, ms. we honor josephine howard. in honor of black history month, i want to recognize reverend clifton e. dolison. he has served the first missionary baptist church of
winter haven, florida, for 28 years. as the longest serving pastor in the church's rich 138-year history, his visionary leadership has resulted in the largest building program expansion the church has experienced. the reverend has a passion for community service and a fearless commitment to confront justice issues in polk couldn't county that dedication finds expression in his roles as past co-chair and current board member for the excue cue nene call -- men call action network for polk county. the direct action and research training center, dart, comprised of peace and 20 other nonprofit community based organizations across the nation. dart's mission is to build the
power of organized power to do justice. reverend dolison's commitment to social justice, community engagement and spiritual leadership is further demonstrated through his varied service positions. he served as past president, current vice president of the naacp winter branch, senior chaplain of the winter haven police department, president of heir interdenominational community inc., chairman of the conference for the progressive missionary baptist of florida inc., president of the interfaith ministerial alliance of winter haven, moderator first south florida missionary baptist district association and president and past educational deacon of f.s.s. congress number 3. the reverend graduated from indiana state university and is
a member of the kappa alpha psi fraternity. he's been married for 38 years to his lovely wife, valerie bush dolison, a native of bartow, florida. the three adult children three grandchildren and await the arrival of a fourth grandchild. for that reverend dolison, we honor you. in honor of black history month, i would like to recognize michael d. smith. michael d. smith jr. is employed as a captain and paramedic for the polk county fire rescue, where he's served the citizens of polk county for the past 10 years. captain smith is responsible for supervising fire company crew in all aspects of fire, technical rescue and emergency medical rescue. michael also serves as a licensed funeral director with epps memorial funeral home in
lake wells, florida, where he assists families in their time of grieving. he's a graduate of frostwood high school, cookman university, st. petersburg college and south florida state college. he's the son of lieutenant dave and fay smith. he's married to carmencrimbings ta, father of michael junior, preston, trinity, christopher and josh wasm he's actively involved in the community where he passionately participates in the annual willie bush toy drive, enthusiastically coaches and mentors youth for the lake wells little league football team. captain smith shares his time with the polk county community by volunteering at the candlelight christian academy. he's an active member of allen temple a.m.e. church where he serves as president of usher board number one. he's also meab of the lake wells anch of the naacp, a bethune
cookman alumni, a member of the polk county professional firefighters local 3531, lakeland alumni chapter of kappa alpha psi inc., bose lodge number 212 in daytona beach, florida. st. paul lodge number 77 in lake wells, florida. florida morticians association, independent funeral directors of florida, and national funeral directors and morticians association. captain smith has been a trail blazer for african-americans in the polk county firefighter department. for that, captain smith, we honor you. in honor of black history month, i want to recognize eddie jean rivers. eddie gene rivers is a community leader who started her work life at mcconsiderry's in downtown lake wells as the first african-american employed in a downtown business and the first african-american to be employed by a banking industry in the
area. she obtained her degree in early childhood education and worked for jamie howard wilson elementary for 16 years. passionate about education, rivers continues her teaching with family literacy academy in lake wells. she has served as a member of the roosevelt alumni association, p.t.o. of the yay mi howard wilson elementary, mad dad association, drug awareness down soifl lake wells, red cross association, lake wells business an professional women's club, lake wells m.l.k. committee, and lake wells recreation committee. she also served as active board member of the lake wells naacp since 1956. she has received awards from sunday school teacher of the year and the music ministry award for the first institutional baptist church, an award from the lakeland alumni
chapter of delta cigna theta sorority for outstanding community service award and the lake wells naacp community leader award. for that, ms. eddie jean rivers, e honor you. in honor of black history month, immaterial to recognize joanne cobbs. ms. joanne cobbs is a native of williamsburg, virginia. she's a proud mother of three sons, troy, al, and wayne johnson. shero located to florida in 1983 when her husband, master sergeant robert cobb, wasry assigned to patrick air force base in cocoa beach, florida. after her husband's retirement in 1985, the family remained in florida. the family moved to orlando, florida, in orange county, in 1992. during the time joanne has lived
in florida she's worked in several positions and private industry. worked at north lake park elementary school as a substitute teacher, she has also worked for the u.s. army and the u.s. air force. joanne's last position was at the national aeronautics and space administration, otherwise known as nasa. where she was a human resources director at the kennedy space center in florida. where she retired as a personnel management specialist. she received her bachelor's degree from the university of central florida where she majored in psychology. joanne's volunteer service includes pars and current work with the hispanic caucus of orange orange county, the orange county black caucus, the american cancer society, the central florida breast cancer foundation, organizing for america, obama campaign, the hillary clinton campaign, the
charlie crist campaign, and provided support for candidates running for office in her house district and other districts within the county. she currently serves as orange county democratic executive committee as a precinct committee woman for precinct 544. joanne is a member of the democratic women's club of florida, the east orange democratic women's club and the progressives of east orange. and for that, ms. joanne cobbs, e honor you. in honor of black history month, want to recognize mark canty. undersheriff mark canty has deep roots in orange county. he grew up in pine hills and after graduating from northwestern university in 1994, he came home to orlando. while working in a residential group home for the urban league, made him realize a career in law
enforcement was his calling. he was driven by a desire to make a bigger impact in the community and beyond. by making kegses with young people before they were in trouble. that led him to the orlando police department where over his 22-year career, he rose through the ranks and was appointed deputy chief in 2017. throughout his career, canty's devotion to improved community and police relations in his hometown has been driving his ideals. canty's hallmark is leadership by example. that leadership was in the spotlight most in june of 2016. when a deranged gunman killed 49 people and injured scores more in the act of terror and hate at the pulse nightclub. as commander of orlando police department swat team, canty directed team members while they rescued survivors and helped to
ensure no more innocent people were killed. over the years, canty's community involvement strides have been just as important as those he made in crime fighting. in march, 2019, sheriff john w. mina appointed canty as the undersheriff of orange county sheriff's office. the office of undersheriff provides direct managerial oversight over the operational service bureau, administrative services bureau, fiscal management section, c.f.i.x. criminal intelligence section, legal services and strategic communications. undersheriff canty has the vision, skill and desire to further the excellence of this nationally accredited law enforcement agency. and for that, undersheriff mark canty, we honor you.
in honor of black history month, i want to recognize richard delureb. richard deloach is a mags gnat, dedicated and determined leader who has been serving our youth football leagues for over 35 years. desloach a pastor at a church in leesburg, he's married to diane and is father of nine children. after playing semipro ball for a season he decided he wanned to coach. he's a founding member of the mid florida youth football conference and an inaugural member of the mid florida youth football and chire leaders hall of fame of 2018. he started the mid florida youth football league in 1984 with four teams. and now has 356 players and cheerleaders involved in the program. he is a compassionate and committed coach, a team player ho led his team to 14 league
super bowls and won 11 of them. he works well with kids of all ages, loves sports and has a passion for competition. deloach has always helped any child who desires to participate in youth sports attain that goal, regardless of their ability to pay. he uses sports to teach and instill youth about work ethic, and integrity. his work ethic stems from his father teaching him and his three brothers how to mow yards in clear lake every day after school. he has made positive impacts on so many young people and is credited with the success of several polk county football players now playing in the nfl. he is a president of the lake wells youth football association, a member of the lake wells recreational advisory committee, and owner of the polk county war eagles. due to his commitment and leadership to youth and community, lake wells mayor has
proclaimed june 4, 2019, as richard deloach day. for that, coach deloach, we honor you. in honor of black history month, chief to recognize warrant officer lewayne johnson. chief warrant officer robert join as a son, navigational aids specialist in august, 1993 work an initial duty assignment at polk air force base in north carolina. in 1987, he joined the u.s. army reserve. in 1988, he reclassed to a legal specialist and was assigned the 86th united states army reserve command in forest -- forest park, illinois. chief johnson always served as a
court reporter in several units which included a deployment in saudi arabia with the 21st support command. mr. johnson applied for warrant officer appointment because he wanted to use his knowledge and skills to assist commanders in maintaining unit readiness. he also wanted to mentor, counsel, and assist soldiers. during a during a 33-year of exceptionally measurer to combrouse service -- meritorious service, mr. johnson distinguished himself in positions of crinesing responsibility with the united states -- of increasing responsibility with the united states, with the u.s. army reserve, with the u.s. air force as well. significant positions of leadership include senior legal administrative officer, a g-7 level, united states army reserve legal command, legal administrative officer, 174th legal operations department,
administrative officer, ninth l.s.o., senior court reporter, amnesty recorder, 22nd support commando in saudi arabia, legal specialist for the 21st headquarters company, legal specialist headquarter seventh judge advocate general detachment at fort sheridan, illinois, and also served as navigational aids electronic specialist united states air force for pope air force base. chief johnson has earned a doctorate from walden university in public policy and administration, and a doctorate degree from barry university and an l.l.m. in international taxation from st. thomas university. additionally, has completed the warrant officer senior education program at fort rucker, alabama. and for that -- rutger, alabama. nd for that, we honor you.
in honor of black history month, i want to recognize ronald mccremen. ronald mccremen is a life-long resident ofs to yoela county, florida. he's -- osiola county, florida. he's the son of louise and the late mr. david. he's married to derivia who has three daughters. he is the proud grandfather of eris and aiden, as maybe of the family of god jesus christ is his lord and savior church. and he's a man of deep faith. mr. mccremen was ed cade -- educated in the school system of oseola county. he was a member of the football, wrestling and track teams and lettered in each. he was a member of the oseola high school class of 1981. after gragg from high school, he attended jacksonville state
university in jacksonville, alabama, under a football scholarship. there he obtained a bachelor's in marketing and a minor in criminal justice. mr. mccremen served in the army in ve from 1986 to 1994 the 174th judge advocate detachment unit as a legal specialist. upon completion of college, mr. memmy -- mr. mccremen became a dispatcher with the st. cloud police department. in 1989 he enrolled in the police academy and became employed by the o -- oseola sheriff's office. this was the beginning of a 28-year career with the agency. during his tenure with the agency, he served as a patrol deputy, two tours as a member of the oseola county investigation bureau, a sniper of the swat team and a captain over court administration in the county courthouse.
in 2017 he retired from the agency. mr. mccremen served as an instructor of the police academy for 15 years, and as a part-time instructor at valencia college. mr. mccremen was an honoree of the martin luther king bank wet fors to yoela county. he -- for oseola county. he served as a local board member for habitat for humanity and a member of the community development board grant program. and for that, mr. ronald ccremen, we honor you. in honor of black history month, i want to recognize dorothy scott wilson. dorothy scott wilson is of lake wales, florida. she's been a community leader for years. she earned her bachelor's degree from florida a&m university and maintains her rattler pride to this day as a member of the florida a&m board of directors in polk .
she has worked at the florida state department of revenue for over 35 years and now serves the community through her work at scotts medical transportation and advocacy, a local provider of medical services for students with special needs. dorothy scott wilson has served on the board of directors of several organizations, including the polk county chapter of the florida a&m university, the dr. joseph a. wilt scheyer scholarship found dane -- foundation, the unity in community organization, the lake wales dr. martin luther king jr. scholarship organization, the lincoln redevelopment council, the ray jones jr. wellness project, 2019, and she's also served as the development director for the lake wales hops and is a member of the -- hospital and is a member of the naacp. and for that, ms. dorothy scott wilson we honor you.
-- wilson, we honor you. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. under the speaker's announced licy of january 3, 2019, the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman, or 30 minutes. mr. grothman: thank you. today i'd like to address one more time what i think is the most important issue facing the country. because it deals so much with the country's future. and who will be living in the country 10 or 20 or 30 years down the road. and that is immigration. to a large extent we haven't addressed this issue as we should have. i think in part because we're spending a great deal of time on impeachment and that kind of sucked the air out of other critical issues facing the country. i think even conservative media, be it talk radio or the other media, have not dealt
with what's going on with immigration, have not pointed out the progress the president has made, but also have not highlighted the things that have to be done if we are going to assure in the future the people living in this country are people who are going to make a positive contribution to the nation. president trump on his own, through a variety of efforts, has reduced the number of people who are coming in this country from over 100,000 people, 140,000 people processed last may, a time at which at least 90,000 people were placed in the united states somewhere, to well under 50,000 with under 1,000 people in january being placed in the united states. to ing from over 90,000 under 1,000 is the type of progress you really see -- rarely see anybody in -- anywhere in government.
however, congress must -- first of all, i'd like to thank president trump for the things he's done. we now have the mexican military patrolling the southern border, so it's not just our border patrol minding things. even more significantly, the mexican government has agreed to hold people who are seeking asylum. prior to this, people seeking asylum and anybody can seek asylum, were placed with a social services agency in the united states, frequently catholic social services. placed somewhere in the united states, pending a hearing and frequently never showing up for that hearing. now they are held in mexico, which is a big benefit. and also will discourage people from uming -- coming here unnecessarily. i think the vast majority of people who were seeking asylum in the past were not even really subject to any fear. or any possible danger in their home country.
just as significantly, president trump has reached agreements with central american countries to hold people down there who are seeking asylum from further on south. it should go without saying that if i leave venezuela because i feel a threat to myself, the first thing i would probably stay in a country relatively near venezuela. if i'm going all the way to the united states and having passed through five or six other countries, my primary goal is probably to improve my economic condition, not just escape danger in my homeland. and president trump's efforts with central american countries to hold more people are also paying fruit. however, we also have to talk about what has to be done in the future and what should be done by congress, commonsense things. now i'm one of those congressmen using the phrase commonsense bills, kind of overused, but commonsense things that i think the vast majority of americans would agree. first of all, the settlement right now allows having to
release families after being held for 20 days. that obviously should be extended and it creates a very difficult situation for the united states government. secondly, president trump is trying to crack down on people getting welfare payments if they're coming here as immigrants. obviously in the future, we have no problem taking care of americans who are going through a tough time, but we take immigrants here, given that we have a trillion-dollar debt, who can take care of themselves. it would be a big mistake both cost-wise and as far as the future people who are coming here to allow people to come here if they will be taking advantage of our generous welfare system. in particular we have to do something with -- what some people want -- free medical care for people coming here as immigrants. i've been down to the border several times and it's something that frustrates the border patrol. so many americans right now have large deductibles and have
to hesitate before they go to the doctor. or hesitate before they have a procedure done. that's not true of people who come here illegally. and the border patrol believes that some people are coming to the country primarily for the free medical care that's being offered. that is something we have to get rid of. president trump continues to build the wall as quickly as he can, given the way government operates. i am glad the president was able to find money in the defense department to help along the wall. i want to point out that every border patrol agent that i've talked to, and i must have talked to dozens, believe the wall is a good idea. i realize there are people who haven't gone to the border or dealt with the expert ets down there, but -- experts down there, but unless you secure the southern border, you have a tremendous problem. part of that problem, by the way, is the problem -- is the danger people trying to come here face. somebody is going to control that southern border. it's either going to be the united states or the mexican
drug cartels. if the mexican drug cartels can take control of the border, it means that some people are going to wind up dehydrating in the desert, it means some people are going to -- going to wind up drowning in the rio grande and it means the people who come here are frequently going to be subject to the whims of the mexican cartels. sometimes that means sexual assault. sometimes it means their relatives back home are going to be threatened. but we want to be the ones controlling the border and who comes across. again, if we don't determine it, the mexican drug cartels determine it. we have to point out that we believe that over 1,000 gang mbers were caught last year, and a higher -- among certain drugs, over 90%, of course, according to d.e.a., have got into this country by going through the southern border. we really can't say we're
serious about addressing the opioid crisis unless we do something at the southern border. the next thing that we should be addressing is sanctuary cities. sanctuary cities are an invitation for people to break american law. it's hard to say we have a serious immigration system, where on the other hand we have individual government -- individual local government people in essence saying, come here, we will not enforce our law. another huge problem with sanctuary cities, it makes it difficult to deport the criminals. obviously we don't want the next generation of americans to be criminal in nature and the only way to deal with that, i believe, is to get rid of the sanctuary cities. last year 68,000 people died of various drug overdoses in this country. the next thing that should be done is we should be doing something about birth right citizenship. when i was down at the border, it was very apparent there were women coming here, and not a
few, who were seven or eight months pregnant. in other words, they're coming here not because we hand-pick them, they're coming here because they realize that their children become citizens and, largely if their children become citizens, and we're not for breaking up families, the parents will be able to stay here too. the united states is only one of two of the 45 wealthiest countries in the world in which we allow birth right citizenship. it's obviously something that we ought to get rid of and it's another thing that congress ought to do. in the upcoming budget bill, having talked to the border patrol and having talked to i.c.e., it would be a good idea to get more dogs on the border. not just to detect things coming into the country, but to detect cash going out of the country. dogs today can do something about that, can detect cash. it would do a lot, i think, to
stop the drug cartels from using our border. in any event, these are some of the suggestions that i hope congress takes up. i think it is such an important decision because we know that very frequently when somebody comes into this country, they're not leaving. and if we're picking good people and under president trump in the last few years, the number of people sworn in legally has gone up, we're now over 650,000, so if nobody says president trump is anti-immigrant, we are getting more people here legally. but we have to prevent people coming here illegally. we'll continue to create a situation in which the future of america will look more bleak because the type of people coming here are not the type of people who are hand picked. thank you and i'll move adjournment. the speaker pro tempore: thank
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